Upcoming weeks with few first doses of COVID-19 vaccine is not new territory for McHenry County, data shows

McHenry County Department of Health publishes how shots have been allocated between first and second doses

Newly published data from the McHenry County Health Department on Monday showed how COVID-19 vaccine doses received by the agency have been split into first and second doses

It revealed that the upcoming weeks in which the county health department will be more focused on providing second doses to people who have already received an initial shot will not be the only stretch so far where second doses have been emphasized.

Both COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in the U.S. require two shots for the full immunizing effects.

The data shows that through Feb. 13, the county health agency received 20,970 doses as first shots out of the total 31,940 doses received since Dec. 27. The remaining 10,970 have been used as second doses.

But the week-by-week breakdown of the doses received by the county so far also showed that the week from Jan. 24 to Jan. 31, zero doses were received to be used as first shots and all 2,000 taken in were used as second doses.

McHenry County Health Department COVID-19 vaccines received by week

WeekFirst Doses ReceivedSecond Doses ReceivedTotal
Dec. 27 to Jan. 26,00006,000
Jan. 3 to 97000700
Jan. 10 to 164,67004,670
Jan. 17 to 233,5003,9007,400
Jan. 24 to 3002,0002,000
Jan. 31 to Feb. 63,4001,8705,270
Feb. 7 to 132,7003,2005,900
Total20,97010,97031,940

Aside from the week of Jan. 17 to Jan. 23, when 7,400 doses were received, with 3,900 of them used as second doses, the most vaccines shipped to the health department arrived the first week they were distributed here, when 6,000 arrived from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, the data shows.

After wintry weather conditions across much of the country contributed to supply chain challenges, the McHenry County Health Department did not receive its vaccine shipment last week, and officials locally and statewide are further prioritizing second doses.

Not all vaccines making their way to McHenry County are part of allotment received by the health department. Many of the shots administered by area pharmacies are provided directly by the federal government.

McHenry County residents that receive their shots from hospitals or other health care providers outside of the county may be getting doses that had been allocated to other counties by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

One of the largest Phase 1b vaccination efforts undertaken with vaccines allotted to the McHenry County Department of Health was the clinics that was on track to vaccinate 6,560 teachers and other staff for McHenry County schools earlier this month, the Northwest Herald reported.

The county health department has also remained focused on administering doses to those in Phase 1a, which includes health care workers as well as the staff and residents of long-term care facilities, while partnering with hospital systems and area pharmacies to provide doses to seniors, department staff has said.

Sam Lounsberry

Sam Lounsberry covers local government, business, K-12 education and all other aspects of life in McHenry County, in particular in the communities of Woodstock, McHenry, Richmond, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake and Johnsburg.